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Programming: it's easier than you think

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Learning to write simple programs is not so difficult, really. Do you think you need to learn to program?

Well, to write reasonably simple programs, there are just a handful of basic concepts to get you head around. print("Hello") That's about the simplest programs you can write in Python; it's a simple statement that, as you no doubt realise, prints "Hello" on the screen. But it is a complete program. Not that difficult!
The best way of learning is by doing things but a little bit of theory can help put things into context.
So, here are just a few ideas that might help to get you into the swing of programming and see that, fundamentally, it's not that complicated. What’s a program?
Computer programs are made up of a sequence of statements that are instructions for the computer to do something (print on the screen, for example). 
And these statements are executed one at a time - in sequence.

(In each of the screenshots, below, you can see a small Python …